Artist: Nurul Asikin Binti Roslan
Title: Bunga Moyang (Flower of the Spirits)
Medium: Mixed media on canvas (Acrylic, lino ink, palm leaves and pandan)
Size (cm): 122 x 122
Bunga Moyang (Flower of the Spirits) is an intricate origami made of screwpine leaves (daun pandan) and palm leaves. The Mah Meri, an ethnic group native to the western part of Peninsular Malaysia, commonly adorn the leaves at family gatherings such as weddings and funerals as a mark of respect to their elders. Inspired by the Mah Meri culture and the significance of these leaves to the tribe, the artist shines a light on the culture and customs of Malaysia’s indigenous people (Orang Asli) through this artwork.
Ms Nurul uses a lino ink printing technique to stamp geometric shapes onto the origami to emphasise symmetry and harmony. The artwork is framed in the shape of a ring, inspired by a famous Mah Meri sculpture ‘Harimau Berantai’ (Tiger in Chains).
Ms Nurul is currently pursuing her Masters of Visual Arts Education in Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia. She is a full-time graphic designer and multimedia instructor by profession.